Cast: Mike Rose, Cool Benson, Kestrin Pantera, David Giuntoli, Sam Littlefield, Melanie Hutsell, Breeda Wool, Milana Vayntrub
Photographer Joy Pride (SNL‘s Melanie Hutsell) shot one legendary album cover but never followed it up. Now on her deathbed, Joy’s adult children gather, but they’ve got their own problems, from the ankle monitor on her gay son (Sam Littlefield) to the varying shades of dysfunction in her daughters (Breeda Wool, Milana Vayntrub, and director Kestrin Pantera). The ensemble collaborated on the screenplay of this hilarious, twisty tale that’s warm yet unsentimental about family ties.
Kestrin Pantera is a writer-director The New York Times called “a force.” She has created several TV series for AwesomenessTV, show-ran digital series for Facebook and directed commercials for clients ranging from WIRED to J&J. The LA Times hailed her first feature, Let’s Ruin It With Babies, as “honest, convincing, and just plain adorable.” Before directing, she was a classically trained musician-turned-rocker, playing cello in rock bands in Los Angeles and on tour around the world. Prior to moving to LA, she lived in Taipei, Taiwan for almost two years, where she became fluent in Mandarin and performed voice-overs for 100+ American and Southeast Asian companies.